Iceland's Jon Stefansson has had a crash course in character-building in his first NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks.
The young point guard was a coveted star with an average of 13.5 points and 2.8 assists per game as a rookie for German team Trier, when Dallas plucked him out of the Bundesliga to take him to the most famous basketball league in the world.
Following the meeting of the FIBA Europe Board in November 2002, it was decided that a new system of qualification would be implemented for the 2005 European Championship for Men.
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